For the second day in a row, Astros manager Bo Porter was pleased with the resiliency his young club showed to make a late run in a loss.

“We fell behind early, but we fought back,” he said after the Mets beat the Astros 9-6 in Port St. Lucie. “In the last inning we were able to get the tying run to the plate. And we keep grinding.”

Porter also had praise for righthander Alex White, who gave up four runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings to suffer the loss.

“We’re really putting an emphasis on pounding the strike zone, pounding the strike zone, giving the defense a chance,” Porter said. “Alex did a great job. His sinker actually had a lot of movement and we were pleased with his outing.”

Righthander Edgar Gonzalez also drew praise from Porter after holding the Mets to one run on one hit and one walk with two strikeouts over three innings of relief.

“Gonzalez was great,” Porter said. “He came in, three solid innings, attacked the strike zone, changed speed and worked fast.”